If I could impart just one aspect of my enthusiasm for movies to my readers, it would be my love of Buster Keaton. I wish I could turn all of my readers into Damfinos- the moniker that hardcore Keaton fans use to refer to themselves. Because there’s no other actor or filmmaker that’s brought me as much hardcore laughter and happiness as Keaton has. One of the best parts of Youtube is that there are a multitude of mashups. Amateur movie editors all over the place have squished their favorite movie clips, music, movie dialogue, and TV clips together. Because of Keaton’s popularity (and since he was a silent comedian whose work was perfect for the addition of sound), there are several mashups involving his films. Here are my five favorites, one for each finger inside of a fist. I didn’t create any of these but I wish I had:
The Chariots of Buster
This clip combines the epic soundtrack from Chariots of Fire with my all-time favorite comedy scene- Keaton’s chase scene from Seven Chances (1927).
Paul Simon’s Kodachrome
The cheerful nostalgia of the song meshes so well with Keaton’s antics:
Radiohead Buster Keaton Style
In my opinion, this is the best of the bunch. Whoever created this put an immense amount of time into editing it because the lyrics and action blend seamlessly. Plus, it’s Radiohead, whose depressive lyrics are a fantastic match for Keaton’s stone face.
A Buster Keaton Montage (The Pixies)
This mashup also has some good editing and I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for The Pixies.
Don’t Stop Me Now
I would never in a million years have thought that Freddie Mercury and Buster Keaton would work as well as they do here, but it’s commendable.
There are quite a few more and if you liked these, I’d highly recommend checking them out. A quick Youtube search for “Buster Keaton Montage” will lead you down the rabbit hole.